Why Do We Do What We Shouldn’t?  

Published by Louise Ledbrook on

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to find ourselves busy, overwhelmed, and constantly juggling tasks that may not truly align with our goals. We often wonder why we’re not making progress or hitting our targets, and it’s easy to feel frustrated or even guilty about it.  

But guess what?  

You’re not alone in this struggle, and there’s a way out. 

We all have an innate desire to achieve our goals efficiently and effectively. The key is understanding why we end up doing the things we shouldn’t and not the things we should.  

Knowledge is power, and once you grasp the reasons behind these behaviors, you can regain control and refocus your efforts on what truly matters. 

Let’s explore some of the factors that influence our choices and how we can transform them into opportunities for growth: 

1. Wired for Stimulation: In a world filled with short-term dopamine spikes, we often crave quick satisfaction. This can make the “boring” but essential tasks seem unappealing. We’re wired for these spikes of stimulation, and it’s important to recognize this inclination. 

2. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): FOMO can drive us to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes our way, even if it detracts from our primary goals. It’s crucial to differentiate between genuine opportunities and distractions that masquerade as opportunities. 

3. Guilt: The guilt of saying “no” or prioritizing our goals over others’ expectations can be paralyzing. Overcoming this guilt requires crystal-clear clarity about what you truly want and aligning your actions with your priorities. 

4. Consistency Feels Boring: We often shy away from consistent practices and good habits because they don’t provide the immediate gratification we seek. However, consistency is the secret to long-term success, even if it lacks the excitement of quick wins. 

5. Bad Habits Are Hard to Break: Breaking detrimental habits is challenging, but cultivating new and positive habits can help you replace them over time. 

6. The Power of Stopping: Counterintuitively, stopping and assessing your actions when you feel overwhelmed is the path to clarity. It allows you to eliminate unnecessary tasks and focus on what truly matters. 

7. Comparison-itis and Judgment: Comparing yourself to others can lead to self-doubt and poor decisions. Remember that your path is unique, and judging yourself based on someone else’s journey isn’t productive. 

8. Belief in Change: Perhaps the most important factor is believing that change is possible. It’s time to tell yourself a new story, one in which you can have a different, more fulfilling life. 

It’s not just about understanding why we do what we do; it’s about transforming these insights into actionable steps. By recognizing these patterns and making conscious choices, you can take control of your time, your priorities, and your destiny. 

Remember, the power to change is within you, and you have the ability to achieve your goals while leaving distractions behind. The journey to a more focused, purpose-driven life begins with a single step. Are you ready to take it? 

To your success and fulfillment 

Louise x 

P.S. Join me for my next Webinar ‘Top Mistakes Chronically Fatigued Female Leaders Make’. Register to join here.

Categories: Leadership

Louise Ledbrook

I help high performing people like you transform your life and business to achieve next level results.


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